Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel – Fighting with Head High.

 “Imagine if there was a country you had no personal connection to, that people accused of being an apartheid state. This state was constantly condemned all over the world, and in the UN, for war crimes and human rights violations. Imagine if this country was claimed to be founded on …

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Arlene from Israel – Unity

Because first things must come first, I begin by marking National Unity Day.  As Michelle Napell of One Family Fund wrote in a message: “We prayed for them, we cried for them and now we remember them.  “It has been one year since terrorists kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers, Gil-ad …

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Arlene from Israel – Outrageous!

 And that hardly begins to say it all. But then, I’m speaking about Obama, so what else would we expect?  I’m sorry I cannot start with good news today: I must begin with the outrage.  Israeli investigative journalist Ilana Dayan has just done an interview with President Obama for Israel’s …

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Arlene from Israel – Charade?

Once again, I choose to begin my posting with good news. Here you have a very short video from Jeremy Gimpel of Voice of Israel, speaking about the real reason that Israel sent rescue and medical teams to Nepal. I believe his words are absolutely on the mark. And I …

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Arlene from Israel – Tracking

First a correction. The information I had cited from Israel National News, regarding President Rivlin receiving an award from NIF turned out to be inaccurate. He is, rather, to receive an award from the Jewish-Arab center for cooperation, Givat Haviva. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/195825#.VWWHz5uJjIW Givat Haviva – a recipient of NIF funds – …

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Arlene from Israel – Spinning

The heads of many of us – as we survey the current situation – are spinning.  This is for certain.  But in a larger sense, I feel as if the world is also spinning: in reverse.  Situations are not static, they change.  But I’m hard put to see a great …

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Arlene from Israel – Confusion on the Government Front.

 With regard to the establishment of a government, I do not remember the situation ever being quite as unclear and in flux as it is now.  Part of the problem is that ministry responsibilities have not been precisely delineated – that is, there is overlap among various ministries.  Makes it …

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Arlene from Israel: Moving, Moving On.

Now that I will have time again, after a hiatus of some several days, I want to resume my postings. (Actually, I’ve missed writing.) I will touch certain bases here, and return to consider many others later. Please do know that Sunday is the holiday of Shavuot here (and Monday …

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Arlene from Israel – Could Be Worse.

 Before I begin to discuss how it could be worse, a couple of housekeeping matters. First, dear readers, please know that I am working overtime on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  That’s a good thing, because it means we are developing a solid campaign to coincide with the formation of the …

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Arlene from Israel – Towards a New Law of War.

Towards a New Law of War  is the subject of a conference currently being held by Shurat Hadin, the Israeli Law Center, founded and run by the amazing Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. Current laws of warfare are outdated, she explained in her introductory remarks.  The Geneva Conventions never envisioned the asymmetrical warfare that …

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Arlene from Israel – THE LEGAL GROUNDS CAMPAIGN.

Many is the time that I have alluded to this Campaign, and to Israel’s legal rights in Judea, Samaria, and all of Jerusalem. Today I will move further in explaining the Campaign.  This is for your edification, and in the hopes that you will choose to be involved. Please make …

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Arlene from Israel: Step-by-Step

There are – forgive the cliché – just so many hours in the day.  And so, which happens now and again, as I am working on the Legal Grounds Campaign, it is impossible to do a full posting, as much as I would like to. There is enough happening to …

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Arlene from Israel – See the Miracle!

Yom Ha’azma’ut – Israel Independence Day.  It is 67 years since Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the State of Israel, on the Hebrew date of Iyyar 5, which that first year corresponded to May 14.  (Today is only the 4th of Iyyar – celebrations were moved up to avoid …

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Arlene from Israel – Yom HaZikaron.

Tonight begins Yom HaZikaron in Israel – Memorial Day, in remembrance of those who have fallen for the State in battle, and those who have been victims of terror. This is a day of mourning that encompasses all of the nation. There is no way to understand Israel without understanding …

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Arlene from Israel – The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line on the unanimous vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), which would give Congress the right to review the deal currently being worked out with Iran. Yes, as I wrote last week, it is a step in the …

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Arlene from Israel – A Heartfelt Lament

His name was Shalom Yohai Sherki, and he was 25.  On Wednesday night, he was standing at a bus stop in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, and a car rammed into him and the woman standing next to him. Both were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. On …

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Arlene from Israel – Then and Now

Today was Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah – Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism.   (For there were not only Jewish victims, there were also Jewish heroes.) Here in Jerusalem, in the wee small hours last night, there was the most incredible prolonged, downpour – the likes of which I have …

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Arlene from Israel – Illegal EU Assistance to Bedouins in Area C.

 Some months ago, I shared with my readers news about a scrupulously researched report, done by Regavim, on the issue of EU facilitation of building of illegal Bedouin settlements in Area C of Judea and Samaria. (Area C is the region of Judea and Samaria designated by the Oslo Accords …

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Arlene from Israel – The PA and More

Pesach is over and it’s back to “normal,” such as that may be. Posting after posting, I have focused on Iran, and Obama. With good reason: It is a most critical issue. But I would like to at least begin with a look at the PA today. I feel I …

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Arlene from Israel – Mid-Pesach.

  Here in Israel, the world sort of floats in limbo over the Pesach week; and so I thought that perhaps I would not post until the holiday was over. But life does go on, and I’ve decided to write.  But before I move to the serious matters calling for …

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